NY firm to redo grounds around Gateway Arch

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 12:30 p.m. CDT; updated 5:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ST. LOUIS — A New York firm has won an international competition to redesign the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, based in Brooklyn, NY., was picked out of five finalists in the competition sponsored by the National Park Service and a private foundation.

The redesign of the 91-acres around the Arch in downtown St. Louis is expected to be completed by its 50th anniversary in 2015. Organizers estimate the cost at $300 million but say it could go higher.

The competition for the redesign began in December and drew about 50 teams.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that MVVA's plans include a riverside plaza, an amphitheater and a bird sanctuary.

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